People don't want 'jam tomorrow', they deserve jam today
A Minister of Finance needs to be generous in the good times to make the financial struggles of the bad times feel worth it
It could be that Paschal Donohoe is simply teasing everybody, and that, when he gets to his feet in the Dail on Tuesday, he will unveil a Budget so chock-full of enticing goodies that it makes every previous Minister of Finance look like Ebenezer Scrooge by comparison.
Don't bank on it, though. Prudence is Paschal's middle name. The chances of him splashing out next week are slimmer than a Kardashian sister's waistline.
As for surprises, they seem to be a thing of the past. Budget speeches these days are flagged up well in advance. That's why the parameters of Budget 2019 are pretty much set in stone at this stage.